Greetings from Tanzania, on my last day here. I leave for Uganda early tomorrow morning and am excited but a little apprehensive because I am going to a new place by myself to meet people, who I’ve only gotten to know through emails. Also, I have loved my stay in Tanzania so much it is hard to leave the group and my hosts behind. Today we went to a local farm that grows all kinds of crops and raises dairy cattle, meat cattle and meat goats. The owner was extremely knowledgeable and we learned so much. He grows about 9 different types of bananas. Some are for eating like in the US, some are for cooking up to make a mashed potato-like substance and some are for making alcoholic beverages. He doesn’t process the latter but grows them only as an example of what farmers can grow.
Yesterday we visited 3 families affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. They all lived in a very rural area and have been given support through American sponsors and the local AIDS control program. This is an outreach group of the Lutheran church here. I was able to deliver more dresses and shorts to the orphaned and poor children. They were excited to have us visit and were surprised at the gifts. I will talk to you more from Uganda, where I hope to have Internet access and the ability to upload some photos. Kwa Heri (bye bye)!